Kuku manufacturers, Euro Industries, factory manager Ophman Kondowe, accountants David Chakuma and Owen Mairo, unveiled Blantyre United yesterday, months after calling for bids through Malawi Broadcasting Corporation adverts.
“It is not automatic that we will award them [United] the sponsorship. We still have to evaluate their proposal and also ask them a few questions. We believe we have been fair and open enough as we extended the submission deadline from December to January,” Kondowe told the press at the companyâ€™s Makata Industrial Area office.
“People of diverse backgrounds buy our products; hence, we cannot afford to lean on one team. We are looking for a team that is disciplined, performs and will afford us a platform to market our products. May be the other teams are comfortable that is why they did not submit bids,” said Kondowe.
A few months ago, Kondowe said that three teams had submitted bids for the sponsorship, but he yesterday clarified that the other two bids were from Blantyre hockey clubs.
The Nation scanned through Unitedâ€™s 13-page proposal laced with colour pictures of the clubâ€™s evolution from the Southern Region Football Leagueâ€™s Premier Division as Escom Reserves to their Super League promotion in 2009 season.
United promises total accountability, to contribute to the surrounding communities through social activities sensitizing the public on HIV and Aids and also to promote Kuku brand through decent performance and discipline.
Lawson Nakoma signed the proposal, noting that they hope to be allowed to maintain their current name.
United have pegged their sponsorship proposal at K22 million (about $121 000), which is within the range Kuku is looking for. The sponsorship award will be unveiled after a fortnight.